Our favorite Panther!

This Weekend begins the start of one of Cuppycake & my favorite times of year.

The start of College Football Season!

Go Army! Beat Navy!

And the season returns with one of the most loaded opening weekends in a long time!

Which has led to a lot of discussion regarding which games we shall watch and those we may need to DVR.  However, a few don’t even need to be discussed because of the deep-rooted  fanaticism
wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm

& personal affection!


And this year we’ve added one more favorite team to our list, due in part to our favorite Pitt Panther!

Hail, Pitt!
It may be hard to tell but..The Panther is on the left.

So this Weekend we will not only be glued to all the major Sports Channels, but we will be setting aside a little time to give thanks that our favorite Pitt Panther (and stellar son-in-law) has helped us to add one more team to our “favorites to watch” list!  I’m sure we will also take some important time to raise our tailgating-beers (wrapped in cozies)  in thanksgiving to have Jake in our lives and for ALL the MANY blessings & sincere joy he has brought to our family already!

Can you tell we’re just a little fanatic over him!

Jake is the one on the right.  Hard to tell, right????

The name Jacob is defined in many ways.  The biblical definition explains: In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel, and his name is explained as meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya’aqov’el) meaning “may God protect”.

And several other on-line dictionaries define those with the name of Jacob as:
very kind hearted
a fighter and a lover
never scared of anybody
and loves loves loves sports!

If we were to add to these definitions we would simply say:

the one most suited to love & care for our daughter,

a heart large enough to love not only her but her entire family unconditionally,

an infectious laugh,

and the biggest Pittsburgh Panther fan we know!

hugs n’ blessings to our favorite Pitt Panther fanatic and to all the fans celebrating the start of another College Football Season!

one month…and many more ago.

Today the Newlyweds celebrated One Month of married-life together!

The new Mr. & Mrs.!
May 7, 2016

One month!!!!!

How amazingly awesome is that?

If you are betrothed, do you remember that first month?

I remember the joy in making “our” bed each morning,

the delight in packing his lunch for the day,

and the decorating of our first home, trying to lovingly create our very own space.

Oh yeah, and the dinners that maybe weren’t turning out quite right just yet!

Good thing he liked Dinty Moore Stew over egg-noodles because

that was as gourmet as it got for awhile!


So much goes into the planning of a wedding day!

Do you remember what were your favorite things to plan?

These two young adults did a fabulous job planning & organizing what they desired their day to be and it was so much fun to be a small part of this.

In all the many months leading up to the Wedding Day we collected old trophies to refurbish for centerpieces, created table placards, shopped for not only  a Wedding gown but interviewed dress-makers for the bridesmaids and created our very own Peep-Sculpture in leau of an Iced one…(because it’s always fun to be just a little different.)


What was the most unique thing you did for your wedding?

In an effort to share our own experiences & in hopes of inspiring you to take on your own creative challenges; I will be developing a mini-feature, on the 7th of every month for six-months, to recap some of the projects we took on all those months ago!  And just like Helen & her cookie-feature I very much look forward to sharing these tips/experiences with you!

Won’t you please tell me some of your own too?

In honor of their ONE month marriage this first feature will contain the very first item they both decided was the TOP priority for both of them, which was the Church Service!

Where did you choose to be married?

They truly wanted this to be the high-light of their day and took great effort in pointing everything toward the Sacrament they were about to make.  The readings and music for the ceremoney were all thoughtfully picked out.  The people who were chosen to stand beside them and those they asked to fill particular roles were such very special choices; including every single cousin who partook in presenting the gifts at the altar!  And what a special blessing it was to have eight priests, who are dear friends, partake in the celebrating of their Union!

What were the special choices you made for your ceremony?

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The church was full that day!

They requested no flowers on the altar as they wanted the full focus on the beauty of the Church and the Sacrament;  except for the presentation bouquet to be given during the honoring of the Blessed Mother, (which the bride asked to be large enough for Miss America to carry because she felt the title of ‘Mother of God’ is far more important!)  However, there were beautiful bouquets for the bridesmaids, stunning boutineres for the groomsmen, and of the course the immediate family members as well.  Not to mention the ‘surprise’ our daughter had orchestrated to duplicate my gardenia wedding bouquet, which I had carried down the same Church isle some thirty years earlier!

Did you have a favorite flower you included in your wedding bouquet?

(All the flowers were made by the fabulous flower designers at Allburn Florist!)

The groom and groomsmen wore handsome tailored tuxes selected through Men’s Warehouse  which complemented the underlying theme of the wedding:

“All Things Black & Gold!”

Did you have any themes at your wedding?

The groomsmen (these are my two sons) wore gold ties &

the groom was in all black, (who can be seen here walking his lovely mother to her pew.)

The bride found a gown she adored for her bridesmaids to wear; however, quickly discovered the designer price of that particular gown was not a price she would ever ask her lovely ladies to pay!


So instead she interviewed various dress-makers until settling on one who could duplicate the same dress, yet would custom make each girl’s neckline to reflect their own individual tastes!   The dresses were two-piece, a long black ball gown with pockets & gold sequin tops with six seperate necklines: Sweatheart, V-neck, Square, One Shoulder, Mock Turtle, and Off the Shoulder!

Did your bridesmaids love their gowns too?

(Check out those pockets!)

And the four adorable flowergirl dresses, with coordinating jackets & hair bows, completed the Black & Gold theme!

However, we were sad when the littlest of the four could not be a part of the special day.

Were you missing anyone special from your Wedding Day?

The little-ladies filled up the Church with “Oohs & Aaahs,”and complimented

the ring-bearers, who were each dressed in a different Pittsburgh Sports Team jersey depicting the date of the Wedding!

(See above.)

What were the “Oohs & Aaahs” at your ceremony?

The oldest of the three ring-bearers carried down the aisle with him, what would soon become the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Yatsko’s Family Bible! And with the rings placed on top he perfectly handed them off to the best-man as he reached the altar.

Do you have a family bible you use?

The Yatsko Family Bible

What about the bride’s dress????????????


Unexpectantly, the first gown our daughter tried on was…THE one she chose to wear for her Wedding Day!  We went shopping on a “whim” when a couple of hours of unplanned free time, prior to a family event, popped-up during a visit home.

I didn’t even have any tissues with me!!! 

But from the moment she put it on…she knew it was “her” Wedding gown.

How did you know  when to say “Yes!” to the dress?

 Before & after final alterations were completed.

(A magical experience from start to finish at Bridal Elegance!)


Everything they had hoped & planned for from the Church Service

came together perfectly that day!

What was the ‘perfect moment’ on your Special day?

Ringing the Church bells together!!

It is so hard to believe it was one month ago already!

There were so many blessings which occurred on that day…

and in the many months ago of planning.

God only knows just how many more are yet to come in the months that lie ahead!

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What blessings do you hope for in the upcoming months of your marriage?


hugs n’ blessings (and a prayer) especially for all newly married couples, as you navigate through the wonderful Sacrament of Matrimony!


Dear Heavenly Father,

Please remind us to pray for each other often, and to be kind as we’re growing in grace.

Equip us to be the strength that we need, one for the other. May we serve to encourage as we fulfill our God-given roles; one a wise leader, and the other a compassionate help-mate.  For your Word says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help-mate for him.”

Thank You for Your wonderful gift of a trustworthy companion and friend. Thank you also for the gift of marriage that we open each day.

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” – Genesis 2:21-23, KJV

“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” – Genesis 2:21-23, NIV

*Prayer taken from Time-Warp Wife, Keeping Christ at the Center of Marriage